Honey, I Shrunk My Stomach
I don't have too much to write today, I'm mostly going to let the pictures do the talking.
I started my daily exercise routine on December 17th last year, so a little under ten months ago. I haven't tracked my weight loss religiously, though I do keep an eye on it mostly out of curiosity rather than goal setting. I also haven't been methodical about taking pictures of my progress. I feel like, for me, doing that would imply that there was an end goal in mind and the pictures were just stepping stones toward it. That isn't the case for me, I don't really see an end with this, so I've taken a picture every down and then, mostly when I've felt particularly good about how I was looking, and the progress I'd made from the starting picture.
I'm at a point now where I am genuinely happy about my size and weight for the first time in my adult life and everything I do now it mostly about maintaining that and toning it a bit more, getting rid of the excess that is left over from when I was chunkier.
That's why on top of my usual exercise bike work out that I've done every single day and the yoga that I've been doing consistently since April, I do a lot more in the way of stomach crunches and weights now too. Nothing crazy, as I've always said, I'm not looking to get completely jacked, thats far too much work to maintain and I've got no interest in looking like The Rock or even my brother for that matter. But being able to flex my arms and have some decent muscle pop does feel pretty great, the pictures don't really show that off at all as they've all been taken post cardio. I've also started getting some definition in my stomach for the first time ever which is exciting.
Nothing puts me off exercise more than "gym bros" the douchebags who talk incessantly about their work out or their protein shake or whatever bollocks they're doing this week. I don't fuck with any of that and my routine rarely changes, I've just added bits and bobs to it as time goes on. It started out as just half an hour on the bike and now a full work out will take me about and hour and a half.
Honestly though, as much as I'm enjoying the physical benefits, the reason I stick to doing it every single day and don't take any rest days is because it has been the best form of therapy for me and helps me maintain my mental health. For that reason alone I would recommend finding something, anything, for as long or as short of a time as you can give to it and do that daily. The physical side of it is a byproduct, don't set goals, just be happy with however you are comfortable, but the mental side of it is invaluable.
Oh and isn't it funny seeing the transition my bedroom took!? I'm still wearing my wedding ring in the first picture even! That was before I even knew Sara was having an affair. I'm glad I took a picture on the one day I didn't have a bed too.... boy did I get drunk that night!